Casa Alessandra is 8 minutes (6k.) from Castiglione del Lago where there are numerous shops, supermarkets, butchers & bakeries. In the old town up above the shopping areas near to the 13th Century fortress with 4 corner towers & a triangular keep, there are many fantastic restaurants, cafes and small shops with truffles, cheeses & oils to take home. Look out for the local ice cream shops!! Divine.
You can find out more about activities and other local events here: http://www.castiglionedellago.eu
Cammillioni – Pozzuolo – Max Mara, Marella, Penny Black etc.
VAL DI CHIANA – outlet centre
just by the exit to the autostrada – many shops selling ex factory goods for everyone
THE MALL, INCISA, South of Florence….. ALL the big names !! As you exit at Incisa there is a fab restaurant on the right after the toll gates- much better than the inflated one at the Mall !! Called Osteria de’Giusti 055 8635754 – Separate to this mall but nearby is the factory outlet of PRADA.
selling fresh produce, fish, fresh meat & spit roasted Porchetta, cheeses, fruit, veg etc etc…. are found:
Castiglione del Lago: Wednesdays
MarketAREZZO ANTIQUE MARKET: held every 1st Sunday of the month – I have never seen such a big open air antique market!